Jake Buhler of Edmond on Sunday became the second man to win back-to-back Oklahoma City Memorial Marathons.
Buhler, a third-year dental student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, shaved more than a minute off his winning time from one year ago despite having to take a bathroom break along the course.
“I took a minute pit stop about mile 14,” said Buhler, who jumped into a port-a-potty around the Lake Hefner exchange. “Someone was getting out right when I approached. After that, I felt really good.”
Buhler's winning time on Sunday was 2 hours, 26 minutes and 13 seconds. His winning time last year was 2:27:30.
“I was happy with the time,” said Buhler, a former collegiate distance runner for Utah Valley. “The weather turned out to be all right. I caught a second wind around the 20-mile mark, which usually doesn't happen.”
Buhler's time was the second fastest in the 13-yeear history of the marathon. Conor Holt, a former University of Oklahoma track standout who is now coaching at Oklahoma City University, set the course record in 2004 at 2:22:54.
Holt is the only other man to win back-to-back Memorial Marathons, also winning the race in 2003.